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Pitt-Johnstown Has Officially Turned 90

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posted May 12, 2017


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was launched on May 12, 1927.

In addition to marking its 90th year, Pitt-Johnstown is also celebrating the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location, and the 10th year that Dr. Jem Spectar has served as university president.

In the months ahead, Pitt-Johnstown will mark the founding with an exciting lineup of campus and community events.

According to the book The Evolution of a College, A Chronicle of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown 1927-1993, by Robert J. Hunter:

“On May 12 (1927): Johnstown Junior College of the University of Pittsburgh celebrates its opening with a kick off banquet in the cafeteria of the new Johnstown Senior High School on Somerset Street. The College is the first junior college with university affiliation in the Eastern United States; designed to be a two-year college to prepare students to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh to complete their degrees.”

A photo from to the Robert J. Hunter book The Evolution of a College, A Chronicle of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown 1927-1993, shows the initial location in the Johnstown High School Building.

original Pitt-Johnstown


Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.